==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              October 5, 2006                              ==============================                              Greetings and welcome to your personal copy of PlanetEE's Microwaves                               and RF UPDATE e-newsletter. Please see below for address-change or                               subscribe/unsubscribe instructions.                              Today's Table of Contents:                              1. Simulation Solutions Must Be Multi-Faceted                              2. Agilent Licenses EM Simulation Technology From Remcom                               3. AWR Announces Mobile WiMAX Modeling Solution                              4. Strong Growth Projected for Airport RFID                               5. WJ Communications Offers Mixer/LO Amp                               6. Tek's New Arb Accelerates to 20 GSamples/s                               7. Half-Sized DIP Holds HCMOS OCXO                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                           It's an LDMOS innovation for the ISM market                              Introducing the first RF power transistors housed in cost-efficient,                               over-molded plastic packages that deliver spectacular performance for                               Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) applications. They deliver                               5-dB higher gain than the competition and exceptional efficiency at up                               to 70%. These VHV6 LDMOS RF solutions are being implemented in                               applications such as plasma generators, laser exciters, and MRI                               systems. For more information, click on the link below:                                                             http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B37C:49027F                                                                            ******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              Simulation Solutions                               Must Be Multi-Faceted                              Once upon a time, high-frequency engineers modeled filters on handheld                               calculators. The emergence of the personal computer as a reliable                               office and engineering tool made it the center of electrical and                               mechanical design. And in the early days, engineers were happy just to                               get some circuit values that were close to yielding a working design.                              But that was then, and this is now a time when those design programs                               must not only provide predictions of performance that exactly match                               measured results, but they must offer simulation, synthesis, and even                               circuit-optimization capabilities. Given the complexity of designing                               certain high-frequency circuits, such as antennas, it is no wonder                               that a giant in the world of design software (not to mention test)                               should look to an innovator like Remcom for a 3D EM simulation                               solution.                               Engineers require multi-faceted design tools that are accurate and                               fast. The pressures on designers to create new products have never                               been greater, and the right tools can help ease those pressures. The                               teaming of Agilent with Remcom (see story below) makes a great deal of                               sense for a design community that needs tools that work, no matter                               where the source.                              JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Agilent Licenses EM Simulation Technology From Remcom                              Agilent Technologies has licensed three-dimensional (3D),                               electromagnetic (EM), time-domain simulation technology from software                               specialist Remcom. The technology is based on Remcom's XFDTD software                               suite, which the firm will continue to develop and support. The                               multi-year agreement is an expansion of the strategy on the part of                               Agilent's EEsof group to develop an extensive 3D EM product line,                               which began earlier this year with the announcement and release of the                               Electro-Magnetic Design System (EMDS) 3D EM simulator. Remcom's                               software is currently used mainly for antenna design, but has many                               other applications in 3D EM field modeling. According to Jim                               McGillivary, vice president and general manager of Agilent's EEsof EDA                               division, "Customers want choices that are not offered by today's 3D                               EM products. And they consistently ask for and expect Agilent to offer                               integrated and leading simulation technology in all areas, including                               3D EM."                              Agilent Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B385:49027F                              Remcom ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B388:49027F                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              AWR Announces Mobile WiMAX Modeling Solution                              Computer-aided-engineer (CAE) software supplier Applied Wave Research,                               Inc. (AWR) has introduced new Mobile WiMAX solution for its Visual                               System Simulator(TM) (VSS) design suite. The design software meets the                               specification defined in the wireless metropolitan area network                               (WirelessMAN) orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA)                               physical layer (PHY) of the IEEE 802.16e Air Interface for Fixed and                               Mobile Broadband Wireless Access Systems standard. In addition, it                               complements the IEEE 802.16d WirelessMAN-OFDM PHY fixed-wireless                               capability previously released by AWR. Recently, the software was used                               by an emerging fabless semiconductor company to develop WiMAX                               chipsets.                               Applied Wave Research ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B387:49027F                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              Strong Growth Projected for Airport RFID                              Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is one of the hottest of                               wireless markets. A recent report from ABI Research bears this out,                               projecting that RFID has the potential to improve airline baggage                               handling. According to the research report, the overall systems                               revenue for RFID airline baggage handling will be $11.8 million this                               year, growing to almost $27.5 million in 2011, a compound annual                               growth rate (CAGR) of 18.49 percent. The growth will depend upon the                               use of disposable RFID tags and versatile readers. The report, "RFID                               in Emerging Transportation Markets," focuses on this application for                               RFID and is available from ABI research alone or as part of a service.                              ABI Research ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B381:49027F                                                             **********                              5. News                              **********                              WJ Communications Offers Mixer/LO Amp                              WJ Communications has developed a high-linearity                               upconverter/downconverter mixer that integrates a                               heterojunction-bipolar-transistor (HBT) local-oscillator (LO)                               amplifier for use with low-level LO sources. The model ML401 works                               over and RF range of 1700 to 2200 MHz and LO range of 1550 to 2150 MHz                               with an intermediate-frequency (IF) range of 50 to 250 MHz. With only                               0-dBm LO drive, it achieves input third-order intercept of +31 dBm and                               only 8-dB conversion loss. The ML401 is s8upplied in an RoHS-compliant                               SOIC-8 package.                               WJ Communications ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B38A:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                          Free Agilent Aero/Defense Symposium Papers on CD                               Order our free 2006 Aerospace Defense Symposium CD and learn how to                               tackle tough measurement and application challenges. The CD content                               addresses measurement theory, test challenges, and a wide variety of                               modern measurement techniques for testing advanced military                               communications and radars. For more information, click on the link                               below:                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B38B:49027F 		 		                               ******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              Tek's New Arb Accelerates to 20 GSamples/s                              Model AWG7000 represents the state of the art in arbitrary waveform                               synthesis, designed for modern waveform generation. It features 10-b                               resolution, sampling rates to 20 GSamples/s, and the capability of                               generating output signals across a 5.8-GHz bandwidth. The new                               instrument is based on a silicon-germanium (SiGe) digital-to-analog                               converter (DAC) developed with the IBM SiGe process. Applications                               include testing wired and wireless communications systems and advanced                               radar systems.                               Tektronix ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B383:49027F                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Half-Sized DIP Holds HCMOS OCXO                              Model FHS501AH is an oven-controlled crystal oscillator that is well                               suited for portable devices, such as time-code instruments and Global                               Positioning System (GPS) receivers. It is supplied in an eight-pin                               dual-in-line package (DIP) at frequencies from 10 to 80 MHz. It                               offers the stability of a full-sized package, at +/- 4.6 PPM, but                               measures only 13.2 x 13.2 mm. It consumes 0.5 W power and runs on                               control voltages of 0.5 to 5.0 V.                               Fox Electronics ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B382:49027F                                                             *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              ARMMS RF and Microwave Society                              November 6-7, 2006                              Harben House                              Buckinghamshire, England                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B389:49027F                              International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)                              December 11-13, 2006                              Hilton San Francisco and Towers                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B37D:49027F                              2007 IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium                              June 3-8, 2007                              Hawaii Convention Center                              Honolulu, HI                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B386:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                    		               For The Best In Test                              Visit Microwaves & RF's RF Test Weblog, sponsored by Keithley                               Instruments (www.keithley.com), for the latest news on test                               instruments, test literature, and measurement techniques. 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